When most anglers conjure up images of trout fishing in the Ozarks, most will imagine chasing big browns below Bull Shoals Dam or stalking huge rainbows on foot over on the Norfork Tailwater. While both of these angling adventures are worthy of making a special trip for the experience alone, there is another Ozark fishery that some have called "the best ¼ of trout fishing in the world". This little river rarely gets talked about, but there is a good reason for the lack fanfare.
It used to be considered a 'novelty' to take some kids over to Dry Run Creek for a few hours in the afternoon, but now; it has become a bigger draw as the word has spread. Many parents recognize that it is just as fun watching their kids catch trophy fish as it is to catch trout themselves on the rivers, and with the age restriction, there are only so many opportunities for someone to fish there; this has no doubt also contributed to a few fly fishing parents encouraging their children to try the sport. There is no better place to learn the sport, and if a kid does not have fun fishing Dry Run, it's likely they are not going to enjoy trout fishing, period.